By Mario Carr
Spring is here and warmer nights for comfortable stargazing are just around the corner.
A great way to prepare for the upcoming observing season is to attend the The Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Spring Scope Clinic on April 7 from 1-4 p.m, Spectator Building, 44 Frid Street, Hamilton. The event is free.
If you’re curious, new to the hobby or an experienced observer there’s something for everyone. Many types of telescopes will be on display and members will be on hand to answer your astronomical questions.
There will also be a variety of beginner level workshops that include — Types of Telescopes, Eyepieces and Accessories; Polar Alignment, Astrophotography and The Astronomer’s Library.
Here are April stargazing events, which are listed in the 2018 Hamilton Amateur Astronomers calendar.
April 2 – Saturn and Mars pair up for a close encounter at dawn.
April 7 – The Moon is above the pairing of Saturn and Mars at dawn.
April 13 – Hamilton Amateur Astronomers meeting 7:30-9:30 p.m, Spectator Building, 44 Frid Street, Hamilton. Free admission, door prizes and everybody welcome. An optional food bank donation of non-perishable goods will be collected and appreciated. This month’s speaker John Percy will discuss Archaeoastronomy: The Astronomy of Civilizations Past.
April 17 – The crescent Moon is below Venus at dusk.
April 18 – The crescent Moon is in the Hyades star cluster in the evening sky.
April 22 – The Lyrid meteor shower peaks and best seen just before dawn.
April 23 – The Moon is close to the Beehive star cluster after midnight.
April 24 — Venus is close to the Pleiades during the evening.
April 29 – This month’s Full Moon is called the Pink Moon due to the first appearance of spring flowers. It’s also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon or Fish Moon.
April 30 – The Moon rises close to Jupiter at sunset.
For more information, see the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers website at http://www.amateurastronomy.org or call (905) 627-4323. The club offers a basic astronomy course for members.
Mario Carr is the club’s director of publicity and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @MarioCCarr